Messy Church : Run the Race! June 11th 4pm

Messy Church : Run the Race! June 11th 4pm

Games, Races and Ice Cream! Gather at St. Luke’s at 4pm then we’ll walk to the park together for soccer, races and ice cream making! Bring a lawn chair. What we win is fun and friendship; the gold of the Kingdom that never fades.

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No lazy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (The Message)

Holy Week & Easter Worship 2022

Holy Week & Easter Worship 2022

Join us as we enter into the life and resurrection of Jesus by prayer

April 14, Maundy Thursday 7pm – Maundy means command. It is the day we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples where he gave them a new commandment, to love one another as he has loved us. That love he showed at that very meal by washing their feet in an act of humble service. That love would be obedience in faith even to death upon the cross.

April 15, Good Friday 10am – This solemn and somber day we mediate on the cross of Christ.

April 16, Holy Saturday 7pm – This Year we will celebrate with St. David’s and St. Patrick’s at St. Augustine’s (6110 Fulton Rd). The Great Easter Vigil recounts the love and blessings outpoured from God in creation right through to the resurrection of Jesus and over our lives today. It is the first Eucharist of the Easter season and when we bring the new light of Christ into the church from a new fire.

April 17, Easter Sunday 10am – Celebrate Easter with thanksgiving together.

All our worship will be in person with the availability of particpation by zoom. The zoom link will be on our website. For those who are feeling well and who choose to come in person, masking, distancing and sanitizing are encouraged whenever possible. We will share communion at the altar rail in one kind (bread only).

Taizé at St. Luke’s

Taizé at St. Luke’s

St. Luke’s was scheduled to host an ecumenical Taizé prayer service in May though obviously the global pandemic has changed the plan a bit.

Here you will find a video of the musicians sharing their music and prayer. We hope it is useful for your own prayer and meditation.

You can learn more about Taizé at https://www.taize.fr/ and join the brother’s in their prayer practice on facebook

The Taizé Prayer in Edmonton and area Facebook can also be found on facebook https://www.facebook.com/edmontontaizeprayer/

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

This Maundy Thursday is like none other that we have observed. Rather than gathering to pray and reflect together in the church, remembering Jesus last supper with his disciples, we will be in our homes, with family or alone, recalling the night when Jesus gathered in an upper room with his friends.

You may download here some simple prayers to accompany your meal on Thursday that you may know Jesus in the breaking of bread together, through the scriptures and in your prayers. I have included a simple bannock recipe as well to share as part of your meal (it will pair well with your favourite wine or juice). I encourage you to wash the hands or feet of one another in your house, remembering Jesus call to loving service of one another. If you are alone, as you wash your hands remember those who are with you in spirit and praying for you and know also that we wash our hands so much in the midst of this pandemic, not in fear, but in love and care for those most vulnerable to the spread of the virus.

It is a holy night, when we join with Jesus in his prayers in the garden, awaiting the sorrow of his betrayal and death and trusting in the will and work of God. You may want to read in prayer Matthew 26-27

For the children of our community, this video expresses well the journey of holy week so far.

The Fifth Word

The Fifth Word

I Thirst

John 19:29

Rev. Joyce has offered this reflection on the 5th word. I hope you can join us Wednesday April 1st at 7pm by zoom meeting to discuss this scripture. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/665617995

Crucifixion was one of the most painful forms of capital punishment.Thomas Davis, a medical doctor, has studied what effect crucifixion has on the body. Here is what he says:”As the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by His arms, the pectoral muscles are paralysed, and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs, and the bloodstream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, He was able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen…Hours of this limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain as tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then, another agony begins. A deep crushing pain in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. It is now almost over—the loss of tissue fluid has reached a critical level—the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissues—the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. (“The Crucifixion of Jesus: The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” Arizona Medicine, Vol. 22, March 1965, 183-187)

It is easy to see then why Jesus was thirsty. Psalm 22 seems to be a full description of the Crucifixion even though crucifixion had not yet been invented. Vs. 15 says “My strength is dried up like a potsherd and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.” John mentions that someone tried to help Jesus by lifting a sponge filled with wine vinegar to his lips on a branch hyssop. Beside the act of kindness we are reminded that the Lamb of God is being sacrificed in the same manner as the Passover Lamb. The blood that was painted on the lintel and door frame of Hebrew homes so that the Angel of Death would pass by their homes was done using a branch of hyssop. (Exodus 12) So Jesus becomes the final Passover Lamb as he passes over from Death to Life and accomplishes our Salvation.

The question that becomes important for me is “Do I thirst for Christ and give my life fully for his use and glory?” Perhaps as we contemplate the pain he experienced for our sins we can make a new and deeper commitment to our Lord and Saviour.

My prayers and blessings to you all

Rev. Joyce Mellor

Next Week the scripture is

It is finished.

John 19:30